Europe Private Equity Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

European Private Equity Firms is Segmented by Investment Type (Large Cap, Mid Cap, and Small Cap), by Application (Early Stage Venture Capitals, Private Equity, and Leveraged Buyouts), and by Geography (Italy, German, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Rest of Europe). The Report Offers Market Size and Forecasts for Europe Private Equity Market in Value (USD) for the Above Segments.

Europe Private Equity Market Size

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Europe Private Equity Market Summary
Study Period 2020 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Market Size (2024) USD 150 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 192.54 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 5.12 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Europe Private Equity Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Europe Private Equity Market Analysis

The Europe Private Equity Market size is estimated at USD 150 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 192.54 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 5.12% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The private equity market in Europe has been witnessing growth. Europe has a vibrant private equity ecosystem, with major financial centers like London, Paris, and Frankfurt serving as hubs for private equity firms. A prominent market driver of the private equity market in Europe is the availability of attractive investment opportunities. 

PE players are now actively seeking out and pursuing fresh investment possibilities once more. Over fifty-five percent of those surveyed said they planned to make new, targeted investments. In the current year, private equity fundraising in Europe totaled EURO 118 billion (or USD 129.6 billion). Even in its subsegments, businesses can find plenty of opportunities due to the market's massive expansion. The resources, abilities, and tastes of actors in the market vary. This illustrates where they stand in the market. The growth of the private equity market is mostly driven by a notable increase in consumer demand for the products and services that this economic sector offers.

Europe Private Equity Market Trends

Family Owned Companies Witnessing Majority Shareholding in Private Equity Industry of Europe

In European Private Equity Market, family-owned companies are the main source of the Private Equity Market as they contribute a maximum share of the sector, followed by other non-public sectors, either by Venture Capital Funding or Buy-outs where the investor will acquire more than 50% stake of the company. 70% of the majority shareholding in family-owned companies adapting Private Equity funding followed by secondary buy-outs witnessing 50%, parts of group/carve-outs showing 41% segment funded by Private Equity, 14% from insolvent companies/ distressed deals sector, 13% out of listed companies which are going to be private and 13% from minority investments.

Europe Private Equity Market: Share of PE, By Sector, Europe, 2021

UK is the Largest Private Equity Market in Europe

The UK is one of the largest markets for private equity in Europe, with a well-established PE industry and a high level of deal activity. London, in particular, is a major hub for PE firms. The UK boasts one of Europe's largest and most dynamic private equity (PE) markets, characterized by a rich history of investment and a strong ecosystem of PE firms, investors, and portfolio companies. With a substantial deployment of capital across various sectors and industries, UK PE firms target a broad spectrum of businesses, including those in technology, healthcare, consumer goods, and financial services, with a particular focus on mid-market and large-cap companies. This market attracts a diverse investor base, encompassing pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, and high-net-worth individuals from both domestic and international sources.

Europe Private Equity Market: Expected growth in private equity driven merger and acquisitions (M&A) in Europe in 2022,

Europe Private Equity Industry Overview

The European Private Equity Market is highly competitive and fragmented as the Private Equity business mechanism and growth-oriented approaches are undertaken by the leading companies in this market. The report highlights the numerous strategic initiatives, such as new business deals and collaborations, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, product launches, and technological upgradation, implemented by the leading market contenders to set a firm foot in the market. The key players in the market are Spring Hill Management, Oakley Capital, CVC, Permira Partners, and Apax.

Europe Private Equity Market Leaders

  1. Oakley Capital

  2. CVC

  3. Permira partners

  4. Apax

  5. IXO Private Equity

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Europe Private Equity Market Concentration
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Europe Private Equity Market News

  • In February 2023, Oakley Capital raises a record Euro 2.85 Billion (USD 3.13 Billion) for its fifth flagship fund. Oakley will continue to invest behind the long-term megatrends that have underpinned growth and returns across economic cycles, including the consumer shift to online, business migration to the Cloud, and the growing global demand for quality, accessible education.
  • In February 2023, Apax is looking to acquire up to 40% stake primarily from the two existing investors, Advent International and Bain Capital, valuing the company at USD 2.1 billion. This will give the company a better hold of the market and better plan its investment strategies.

Europe Private Equity Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    6. 4.6 Insights of Technology Innovations in the Market

    7. 4.7 Insights on Regulatory Landscape Governing the Market

    8. 4.8 Impacts of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 By Investment Type

      1. 5.1.1 Large Cap

      2. 5.1.2 Mid Cap

      3. 5.1.3 Small Cap

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Early Stage Venture Capital Investment

      2. 5.2.2 Private Equity

      3. 5.2.3 Leverage Buyout

    3. 5.3 By Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Italy

      2. 5.3.2 Germany

      3. 5.3.3 France

      4. 5.3.4 Switzerland

      5. 5.3.5 United Kingdom

      6. 5.3.6 Rest of Europe


    1. 6.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Apax Partners

      2. 6.2.2 AXA Private Equity

      3. 6.2.3 Permira and Partners Group

      4. 6.2.4 CVC Capital Partners

      5. 6.2.5 Spring Hill Management

      6. 6.2.6 Soft Bank Vision Fund

      7. 6.2.7 IXO Private Equity

      8. 6.2.8 Heartland

      9. 6.2.9 Oakley Capital

      10. 6.2.10 Accent Equity Partners*

      11. 6.2.11 Other Key Players

    3. *List Not Exhaustive


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Europe Private Equity Industry Segmentation

Private equity is a type of alternative investment that makes investments in or buys private businesses that are not publicly traded. Europe Private Equity is one of the fastest-growing Private Equity industries as businesses and people prefer the digitization of choosing a financial product for their investment evaluation and payments. A complete background analysis of the Europe Private Equity Market, which includes an assessment of the economy, market overview, market size estimation for key segments, emerging trends in the market, market dynamics, and key company profiles, is covered in the report.

The Europe Private Equity Market is segmented by Investment type, application, and geography. By investment type, the market is sub-segmented into Large Cap, Mid Cap, and Small Cap. By Application, the market is sub-segmented into Early-Stage Venture capital, Private Equity, and Leveraged Buyouts. By Geography, the market is sub-segmented into Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the Rest of Europe. 

The report offers market size and forecasts for Europe's private equity market in value (USD) for the above segments.

By Investment Type
Large Cap
Mid Cap
Small Cap
By Application
Early Stage Venture Capital Investment
Private Equity
Leverage Buyout
By Geography
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
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Europe Private Equity Market Research FAQs

The Europe Private Equity Market size is expected to reach USD 150 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 5.12% to reach USD 192.54 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Europe Private Equity Market size is expected to reach USD 150 billion.

Oakley Capital, CVC, Permira partners, Apax and IXO Private Equity are the major companies operating in the Europe Private Equity Market.

In 2023, the Europe Private Equity Market size was estimated at USD 142.32 billion. The report covers the Europe Private Equity Market historical market size for years: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Europe Private Equity Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

The major trends observed in the Europe Private Equity Market include a) Significant increase in private equity fundraising b) Growth-oriented approaches and strategic initiatives undertaken by leading market contenders c) Rising consumer demand for products and services offered by the private equity sector

Europe Private Equity Industry Report

The Europe private equity market is experiencing significant growth, driven by a robust interest in alternative investment opportunities and the increasing number of startups and SMEs across the region. Characterized by a diverse range of fund types including buyouts, venture capital, real estate, and infrastructure investments, the market benefits from the presence of experienced and specialized management teams in Europe. These teams facilitate the successful implementation of private equity strategies, further boosting market growth. The demand for specialized expertise in restructuring and turnarounds is leading to more private equity investments in distressed assets, with cross-border investments within the European Union being propelled by economic integration and harmonized regulations. The market is segmented based on fund type and includes detailed analysis across various European countries, highlighting the dynamic and competitive nature of the European private equity landscape. For a comprehensive understanding of market share, size, revenue growth rate, and a forecast outlook, access detailed industry reports and market analysis, including a free report PDF download from Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Explore European private equity trends and insights from top European private equity firms through these detailed reports.

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Europe Private Equity Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)